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2/3 are interesting, while 1/3 are not. - 60%

oneyoudontknow, December 22nd, 2018
Written based on this version: 2018, Digital, Ecocentric Records

No. Indeed, no. It feels rather superfluous and blatantly artificial, because it does not appear to add anything meaningful to the entire thing. Why is it on this (rather short) release, then? Why is it warranted a space that exceeds actually fifty percent? Superfluous ... superfluous indeed. Overthrust are death metal, some old school variant, while Katutura is not. So why grant a project such an amount of space that fails to deliver properly in style and sound? The connoisseur will not raise his or her nose about this, because this piece of music will hardly ever be on the radar of such a person.

Two of the three tracks are metal and they consist of a type of death metal that breathes the air of times gone by. A putrid, festering slime of a sound is what reeks out of the loudspeakers. This is not fresh meat, it is rotten to the bone. Possibly gnawed at excessively and vomited over at times. As such, pleasantries are far off and instead the listener is bombarded with a Botswanian interpretation of old-school death metal. In style, sound and conception the music takes interpretations from bands like Morbid Angel (early) or a mixture between Bolt Thrower and Incantation or a somewhat more sinister version of early Sepultura. Overthrust's music ranges in style from rather mid-paced parts over to blasts. As the latter of these two makes up considerably larger part of the album and judging from their debut album, they appear to a bit more comfortable with. The growls of the vocalist add a certain sense of sinister element to the album, which is not unexpected, but maybe the level of execution as well as intensity could be of surprise. All appears wrapped in a somewhat earthen layer and comes over well produced as well as with a good sound. Is it some good stuff, then? Well ... no. While it may be unfair to say this, but the music is too nice and too sterile or planned. Even though the performance is really good from a band with such a small scene and therefore limitations, by comparing the music to larger standards, one has to acknowledge how to it fails to spark an interest. In a "blind taste test" they might be mistaken for some underground death metal scene from some established scene ... but after revealing the truth there might be nothing more. Naturally, it is a difficult task to create music, it takes time, effort and energy, even more so places that are not situated in the Industrialized hemisphere, but it is generally a bit more interesting to hear bands that add a bit of "local" touch to their art; as Al-Namrood do this for quite some time now.

Sadly this split release does not offer any new music of Overthrust, as both tracks have been spread on their debut album and in an equal fashion as can be made out from a video on Youtube.

Katutura is an experimental music thing. The five minute track consists of field recordings, ambient and noise. Vocals make an appearance as well. All shifts in intensity, but all in all it is a rather tiring experience to listen to and as it fails to add something properly to this recording.

The Overthrust / Katutura has been released as a 7" split and as a download.

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This review has been written on 320 kbps MP3s; bandcamp download.